What is pre-school?

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Pre-school / Kindergarten / Prep

Preschool is a planned educational program for children in the years before a child commences school. Children are usually aged between 3 and 5 years. Preschool may take place in a range of settings including a purpose built building, in a community setting, a school, as part of a long day care centre or a mobile or visiting service.

Preschool generally runs between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm similar to school hours although this may vary by state and by service so check with the provider. The terms kindergarten or prep are also used in some states.

Is my child eligible for the Child Care Subsidy if they attend preschool?

Children who attend a preschool program within a long day care centre are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy. However children who attend preschool in a service which only offers a preschool program, for example a standalone preschool operating within school hours, will not attract the new Child Care Subsidy.

If you are unsure about which category a preschool belongs to, you should contact the service to check. 

To learn more about how preschool is funded in your state or territory contact the authority below.

State Department Website Contact Number
NSW Department of Education


1300 679 332

VIC Department of Education and Training


03 9637 2000

QLD Department of Education


1800 454 639

WA Department of Education


08 9264 4111

SA Department for Education


1800 088 158

TAS Department of Education


1800 816 057

ACT Education Directorate


02 6207 5111

NT Department of Education


08 8999 5659

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